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Too Legit To Quit - An MC Hammer Costume

Added Sep 19, 2011

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Back in the late 80s and early 90s, MC Hammer was the man. No, DA MAN!

Between 1987 and 1991, virtually everyone was emulating his high-energy, aerobic dance moves seen in music videos for songs like “Addams Groove” and “U Can’t Touch This.” His music personified free-spirited party rap.

And then, of course, was his fashion. Harem trousers, padded suit jackets and gold chains matched his unconventional swagger. It was an infectious combination.

For this week’s Project of the Week, the hey day of Hammer returns. David, our Social Media and Member Services Coordinator, collaborated with Jamie to create a pair of Hammer-esque pants using burda style magazine’s 5/2010 Harem Trousers with side tie. David is 6 feet tall, so we took a pair of pants and measured the length to adjust and elongate the pattern. The end result is less cropped than the original pattern.

We also used a light cotton instead of the recommended jersey fabric, and tailored the pant waist to fit his measurements.

Now, David is ready to turn this mutha out, as seen in the project images. Enjoy!

Material Notes

Light cotton




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Other



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    Mar 31, 2013, 10.22 AMby emilyericson

    There are really no words to describe how freaking fabulous you look in that outfit. I’d steal the pants from you, but I’m afraid they’d be too long for me.:(

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    Jul 7, 2012, 03.03 AMby yczhxaau3496

    Love it

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    Feb 1, 2012, 05.58 AMby olymmpia

    It’s just great ! Love it !

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    Sep 24, 2011, 08.13 PMby Glynis Lailann

    I love it! Brings back so many memories. I bought a pair of pull-on pants like that in when on vacation in Turkey in 2002. Must sew myself a pair

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    Sep 23, 2011, 02.04 AMby Catalina6

    Tres chic!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 12.15 PMby nessys

    Funky. Darn FUNKAAY! Actually this makes me feel really old…..! Oh those harem pants……… I just “Can’t Touch This”………

    You look cute David but – it’s too soon for me to even enjoy this as a retro look. Gosh I feel old…..(I’m not 40 for a couple more years….REALLY!)

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    Sep 21, 2011, 09.35 AMby Laura Morgan

    aaahhh! love this!!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 04.20 AMby Martch

    Great job, Jamie and David! Love the fabric of the pants and the pastel colored jacket!

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      Sep 21, 2011, 05.40 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks! It was so fun and easy to make these.

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    Sep 20, 2011, 09.48 PMby sophielou20

    This is the best thing I’ve seen all day! Good work!

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    Sep 20, 2011, 07.46 PMby Lilly77

    Cool, Très joli!!!!

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    Sep 20, 2011, 02.59 PMby Testosterone

    Can’t stop that!

    Fun-ness abounds! Great fabric choices.

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    Sep 20, 2011, 11.18 AMby ichigogirl

    Super coool!

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    Sep 20, 2011, 10.27 AMby sew4my3

    Oh David you are too much fun! Gotta love the colors on you!

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    Sep 19, 2011, 11.28 PMby urbandon

    Wonderful! Cool pants and photos.

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    Sep 19, 2011, 05.11 PMby kelepso

    Those are so fun! Beautiful print and well made!

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    Sep 19, 2011, 04.28 PMby WagDoll

    Ooh these look fab on you! I love my harem pants although my sister insists on singing “Can’t Touch This” everytime I wear them LOL! x

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    Sep 19, 2011, 04.05 PMby nouvellegamine

    these are so cute on you!

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    Sep 19, 2011, 03.22 PMby carottesauvage

    yEa Daveeeed… Bring da funk!! Cool fabric…

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